My question is: how do players feel about being released and then called back later? I'm sure it depends on individual circumstances, but does the ego ever come into play making them not want to come back? I imagine the general relationship with the team and how the release was conducted would also play a part?
One never knows when he’ll get another shot at being in the CFL, or in any league for that matter, a player has to go with the best opportunity and if that’s in Saskatchewan, so be it. It’s such a business these days that guys don’t get to caught up in their feelings (or shouldn’t). Brenden Taman is one of the easiest guys to deal with in the business. He’s a very honest and upfront GM, so there’s no doubt that the conversation during his release was very respectful and business-like. It makes it easy to re-enter an environment like that because one didn’t have a bad taste in their mouths on the way out. Not every GM and decision-based conversation happens like that. I don’t think Sunseri had a ton of options. Knowing the offensive system was a huge bonus for both sides, and the decision to call him back was a good one. Luckily Tino understands this business and made the right choice. He was probably happy to get a chance to come back to friends, and staff that he was familiar with and get another shot at winning a championship.
Horrible football, the offense plays pitch and catch while the defense runs around behind the receivers to make a tackle after the catch. Exciting football is a struggle between the O and the D and we are not seeing much of that. A defensive stop at a critical part of the game is exciting football for example yet that seems unlikely. We are seeing huge numbers from average QB's right now as the D has been taken out of the game too much IMO. So the question is can the defenses adjust and catch up or is this what we endure for the year?
If defensive lines can’t get home with 3 or 4 pass rushers, then QBs are going to have a field day, which they have been.
Get used to this game that resembles a flag football competition, and I’m glad that you recognize the discrepancies in the QB stats. Eventually people will start to realize how watered down these new coverage rules have made the game, but I doubt opinion will mean much. As long as QBs are throwing for over 400 yards a game, and we have teams running in the high 30s-40s, league officials will be happy. More scoring…that’s what they wanted. At all costs.
We (the Saskatchewan Roughriders) have one of the best Dlinegroups in the league and only 4 sacks in 2 games? How are we not getting penetration?
Without the ability to blitz from different spots, the Riders are left to only use their Dlinemen as rushers, and make things simple for guys at the 2nd level and in the back-end. Observers saw a ton of 3-man rushes in Sundays loss to TO because it may have been easier to just give coverage assignments over blitz responsibilities. Unfortunately, that strategy is an Offensive Lineman’s dream, and a DLine’snightmare. Due to the ratio, the Riders are unable to get their 4 best pass-rushers on the field (97, 70, 93, 0) and while Connop and Tennant will be good, they don’t possess the ability right now to consistently push the pocket. Without constant pressure up the middle, it makes it easier for OCs to double team John Chick and play the odds against Alex Hall. If the guess work is taken out of the equation regarding how many guys the Riders are willing to commit to the QB, then focusing on blocking 3 or 4 guys is 100x easier. The talent to win one-on-one battles is here in Saskatchewan, it’s just that the Riders also need the threat of having alternate options in order to make the Dlineskillset thrive.
How are these referees missing so many obvious WR offside calls?
I'm off to the Saskatchewan Roughrider Alumni Tourney at the Royal Regina Golf club today. It's a great way to kick it with old teammates and good people. I'll be sure to snap some pics throughout the day. Talk soon folks!